High profile cases like the abduction and murder of James Bulger and the arrest of Brixton nail bomber David Copeland have demonstrated CCTV can be useful in identifying and convicting offenders. These notable successes (and others like them) have helped promulgate the notion that CCTV is practically the ‘Total Cure’ but, regrettably, CCTV is nothing like a panacea for preventing crime and, in particular, crimes involving violence. However, if it is the right equipment for the job, is sighted in the right place and well maintained, CCTV can be a real asset to any workplace violence prevention programme.

Through visibly warning would be offenders of a real risk of being identified, prosecuted and convicted, the presence of CCTV can act as a deterrent and help to reduce the risk of work-related violence. It can also help staff and customers to feel safer.

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End users provided valuable commentary regarding their surveillance systems in Campus Safety’s 2018 Video Surveillance Survey.

If you choose to implement a CCTV system, you’ll need to comply with the terms of the Data Protection Act 1988. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) provides guidance on how to do this.


The ICO has also produced a useful ‘Surveillance Camera Buyers Toolkit‘ (2018), that provides detailed guidance for the ‘non-expert’ who is thinking about buying a surveillance camera system.

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